Friday, September 16, 2016 7:30 PM
Back by popular demand, Michael Fennelly piano and Megan Weston soprano present mostly Romantic Russian music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff with a special performance of Gershwin and Rhapsody in Blue.
Cost: Love Offering, Childcare provided
Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley
1201 Puerta del Sol, San Clemente
Following his sold-out recital debut in Carnegie Hall, Bösendorfer Artist Michael Fennelly has performed thousands of concerts spanning the globe from Andorra to Zimbabwe. Winner of the US Horowitz Competition, and praised as a pianist with “flair and energy” by The New York Times, Michael regularly appears in the world’s great concert halls including Avery Fisher Hall, Munich’s Prinzregenten Theater, and Berlin’s Komische Oper. This season, he performs the world premiere of his reconstruction of Gershwin’s unfinished choral version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the National Chorale in New York’s David Geffen Hall, presents the rare Moross Piano Concerto with JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic, plays Liszt’s Broadwood piano in Buckingham Palace upon the invitation of the Royal Family, tours the Far East with concerts in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Macau, Shagri-La, Tahiti, and South America; and offers recitals in Paris, Florida, New York, Dallas, Memphis, and California. Past appearances include Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto with the Orange County Philharmonic, Brahms’ First Concerto with the Altenburg (Germany) Symphony, Saint-Saens’ Second Concerto with the Aliso Viejo Symphony, and a tour of Japan sponsored by the US State Department. As a conductor, Michael has led performances of Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Tristan und Isolde, and many other operas from the standard repertory as well as several world premiers. A native Californian, Michael’s first recital was given at age seven, followed by his orchestral debut at age eleven and his New York City debut at seventeen with the New York Virtuosi Orchestra. Dr. Michael Fennelly attended the Eastman school of Music, earned his DMA at the Manhattan School of Music studying with Byron Janis, and was for many years staff pianist at the Juilliard School, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York Philharmonic, where he worked with legendary musicians such as Lorin Maazel, Luciano Pavarotti, Renata Scotto, Itzhak Perlman, and Plácido Domingo. Michael has just released his third solo piano album with Athena Records, GRAND TOUR.